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Another Public Official Who Can’t Separate Religion From His Job

Hemant shines a spotlight on Harlem, Georgia Police Chief Gary Jones, who insists that the city’s official Facebook page is an appropriate place for him to preach at the taxpayers of his city, telling them that they should hit their kids and go to his church. Here’s the first one:

There are many kids that have been raised in Godly homes that have went astray at no fault of the parent(s); however, too many have went astray due to parents failing to discipline and get involved in their children’s lives. The Police cannot raise your kids. Parents must become the disciplinarian and impose and enforce rules. The law does not prohibit a parent or guardian from spanking their children. The law says that parents may administer reasonable corporal punishment. No, it is not reasonable to strike a child with a bat or other object, but you can use a belt and strike their rear-ends. This may offend some parents that do not believe in spanking, and to you I say statistics are against you. Parents be nosy, check behind your kids and never assume that they will always be truthful. Doing these very things just may save the life of your child. Fathers you are the head of the home and God will hold you accountable. Get your children in church and teach them about the one and only true Saviour…Jesus Christ.

Wow, so much stupid. Notice that if a kid is raised in a “Godly” home, it can’t be the fault of their parents if they “go astray.” I imagine non-religious parents do not get such benefit of the doubt because, well, they’re heathens and that makes them automatically bad parents. And why on earth does he think it’s his place, in his official capacity, to tell people that God will hold them accountable? He has every right to express such a belief, but not officially. This is no less a violation than if he had said so on city letterhead.

So after taking some heat, he refuses to back down and screams “religious freedom”:

As expected, our most recent post regarding the diciplining of children and christianity has ruffled some feathers. Some folks are upset about me using the word God or Jesus Christ on a page that’s associated with the Harlem Department of Public Safety. This country was founded on the principles of God. We have allowed the government to remove him from the courtrooms, the schools and other places. I will lead this agency acknowledging Jesus Christ as my Savior. He guides my daily walk and directs me in the decisions that I make, to include those decisions made as a Department Head. I have never claimed to be perfect or sinless; however, I am proud to say that I need God in my life. This page does not necessarily reflect the same views or opinions of the City, but they are mine and I will continue to operate this agency with God first. Those that are of a different belief, to simply put it, don’t read our posts. I love you anyway. God Bless!

I laughed out loud at the statement that we have “allowed the government to remove him from the courtrooms, the schools and other places.” That ranks up there with “keep the government out of my Medicare.” Those places are the government. And that’s exactly why religion has no place there. The government has absolutely no authority to direct the religious actions of citizens. And I guarantee you that Jones would be the first to tell you that he’s in favor of “smaller government.” Irony!

Comments

  1. Freodin says

    The problem, as I see it, is that these people really believe in this stuff.
    For them, it is not a case of “freedom of religious expression” or “separation of church and state” – they really think they are doing something helpful, something worthy.
    And on the other hand, they view us, who want them to keep their faith to themselves, as someone who deliberately tries to prevent them from doing good and solving problems.

  2. Sastra says

    Freodin #2 wrote:

    The problem, as I see it, is that these people really believe in this stuff.

    As I see it, the biggest problems come from people who not only believe in it themselves; they think everyone else does, too — deep down. God’s existence and Christianity’s truth aren’t conclusions up for negotiation and change: they are the bedrock necessities behind the universe, the Constitution, the law, and the world. Religion is man’s way: God and/or Jesus are facts accepted even by those who pretend to reject them.

    That’s a recipe for trouble. The ideals of the Enlightenment — with constitutional democracy and human rights — are grounded in the goal of being reasonable. This won’t fit in with a world view which idolizes faith and frames nonbelief as rebellion.

  3. Abby Normal says

    This may offend some parents that do not believe in spanking, and to you I say statistics are against you.

    And to you I say try reading studies published some time in the current millennium. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychology Association and American Medical Association all recommended against spanking based to studies showing a laundry list of long term negative outcomes.

  4. bobcarroll says

    “have went” ? Gimmeyuh brake ! And the anti-American concepts of his conventional religiosity acclaimed as the essential American virtues? This guy apparently is a David Barton believing lackwit.

  5. says

    Stalin and Hitler were both raised in Christian homes, and presumably had their share of being spanked, if not worse. It sure didn’t stop them from going out and doing evil, just as it didn’t stop a large percentage of evildoers since Christianity appeared.

  6. John Pieret says

    The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychology Association and American Medical Association all recommended against spanking based to studies showing a laundry list of long term negative outcomes.

    Bah! Mere science and reason. None of that stands before Proverbs 13:24! Bronze Age shepherds know best!

  7. whheydt says

    The grammar issues remind me of the line in Tom Lehrer’s song about his life in the Army…

    “He’s from Georgia and doesn’t speak the language very well…”

  8. caseloweraz says

    Gary Jones sings Handel’s Messiah: “All we, like sheeps, have went astray…”

    Gary Jones: The Police cannot raise your kids.

    Right, and neither can Sting by himself.

  9. eric says

    This page does not necessarily reflect the same views or opinions of the City, but they are mine and I will continue to operate this agency with God first.

    Do that on your own Facebook page. Use the City facebook page to reflect the views and opinions of the City. The distinction isn’t rocket science.

    Sheesh.

  10. caseloweraz says

    @Eric:

    As of six hours ago, he’s done exactly that.

    I would love to have been the proverbial fly on the wall during the conversation that brought about this change — because I suspect it wasn’t his own choice.

  11. says

    “I will lead this agency acknowledging Jesus Christ as my Savior. He guides my daily walk and directs me in the decisions that I make, to include those decisions made as a Department Head.”

    Does this mean he will not arrest ANYONE for any reason, for after all, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone…”

  12. John Hinkle says

    @timgueguen

    Stalin and Hitler were both raised in Christian homes, and presumably had their share of being spanked, if not worse. It sure didn’t stop them from going out and doing evil, just as it didn’t stop a large percentage of evildoers since Christianity appeared.

    Yeah, but spanking will probably keep the tykes in line until they’re old enough to run away from home.

  13. Tony says

    Yes, looks like he finally got a clue and set up a personal page. A couple of the offending posts have been removed, but others remain.

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